Marijuana Business Magazine January 2020

Marijuana Business Magazine | January 2020 28 FDA Says CBD Not Recognized as Food Safe The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it “cannot conclude that CBD is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) among qualified experts for its use in human or animal food” based on the current lack of scientific information to support cannabidiol as a food ingredient. Without the GRAS designation, a food ingredient must get premarket approval and undergo review by the FDA before it can be legally sold. The agency also sent warning letters to 15 companies for illegally selling CBD products in ways that violate the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act and published a revised consumer update detailing its concerns about the safety of CBD products. New Brunswick Considers Reset of Legal Cannabis Sales The Canadian province of New Brunswick aims to hit the reset button on how adult-use cannabis is sold, and it might be willing to pull the plug on at least some of the 20 existing government-run stores under any new retail system. New Brunswick issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a single operator to run a cannabis retail system in the province starting next year. If a private company is Industry Developments | International & State National & International News Countries included have passed legislation at the federal level and must fulfill at least one of the following criteria: • Cultivation, manufacture or sale of medical and/or recreational cannabis allowed. • Doctors can prescribe medical cannabis. • Import and/or export of medical cannabis allowed. High: Countries at the forefront of the global industry. Frameworks are established, and adoption is well underway. Medium: Implementation has begun but is still limited or restricted; lots of room for the market to develop. Low: Legislation has been passed, but implementation is very limited or nonexistent. Decriminalization is not included. MAP LEGEND High level of medical development/implementation Medium level of medical development/implementation Low level of medical development/implementation Other - federally illegal but unique circumstances Recreational